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What is walkable urbanism?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/17/13 @ 2:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

We’re often asked to define, what is walkable urbanism, and how does it relate to sustainability?

Visualizing density<br />In this image, the pattern of development in Shaker Heights (left) is compared to Boulder, CO (center) and a newer town, Glendale, AZ. All have similar density (4 housing units per acre), but varying street grids and architectural character. Image from nonprofit Lincoln Land Institute.Well designed density<br />A nice brick-lined street in Lakewood. When EcoCity Cleveland conducted a Built Environment Rating survey, this image was favored by most.Keeping it rural<br />This image of a road in Geauga County produced positive response in a 2004 Built Environment Rating survey.

Making better places: A citizen's guide from 2004 returns

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/08/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

In 2000, EcoCity Cleveland endeavored to find a common language that describes where we want to live, and why. Think of it as a Rating the Places We Love instead of Rating the Suburbs.

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An uninterrupted chain of sprawl from Cleveland to Kent

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/01/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

I went to see the next wave of suburban sprawl in Northeast Ohio over the weekend.

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Why we aren't seeing more walkable urbanism in Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/19/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Similar to Leonardo Fibonacci decoding the natural world’s pattern language, Form Based Codes are a meta tool that is supposed to derive order and efficiency in a developing metropolis. Architects and urban planners have boiled it down to The Transect—an illustration that expresses the ideal form of a region as it develops outward—from a very dense core all the way...

Cookie cutter development<br />Would a Form Based Code ensure a green development in suburbs like South Euclid?Going for walkable<br />Twinsburg, OH hired Congress for New Urbanism to redesign their main drag as a walkable town center.The Transect<br />An ideal city form expressed visually. Image: bettercities.net

Mid-tier cities like Cleveland will rise again during the urban century

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/10/13 @ 11:45am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The old narrative about the mobility of Americans driven by big companies is being challenged by an emerging, inter-generational story that says we're moved by "aspirational geographies." In cities, that translates in to living close to the action; a lifestyle measured in feet rather than miles.

Downtown urban center<br />The centers of Cleveland, Akron and other cities are the vibrant hearts of the region.  Villa Carabelli in Little Italy<br />Infill development is restoring well-designed density to Cleveland neighborhoods. Cyclist at Market Square in Ohio City<br />Cities make low-energy, low-mileage lifestyles possible. Tremont stroll<br />Young families are choosing city life in neighborhoods like Tremont in Cleveland.Historic county seat<br />In rural areas, town centers like Chardon are locations for redevelopment. City and country<br />One of the best ways to conserve farmland and natural areas is to build great cities that attract more people.

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